The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education will host an evening of literary insight and two stellar live music acts on Saturday night at 7 as “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Thacker Mountain Radio is known for broadcasting performances of live musical acts and discussions of the arts. Founded in 1997 in Oxford, the program showcases the diversity offered in the South through original music and literature.
“The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” is streamed live on Rebel Radio 92.1 FM. A rebroadcast of the show airs on Mississippi Public Radio on Saturdays at 7 p.m.
At the Mary C., the milestone anniversary will be celebrated with author Mary Miller, guitarist Jamell Richardson and Ocean Springs’ own Blackwater Brass.
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The literary portion of the event will feature author Mary Miller, who grew up in Jackson. Miller’s works include two collections of short stories — “Big World” and “Always Happy Hour.”
Her novel, “The Last Days of California,” is the story of Jess, a 15-year-old girl who takes a cross-country trip to California to save souls with her evangelical father and the rest of her family. As the family warns others that the Rapture is nearing, Jess finds her faith waning and her journey becomes one of self-discovery.
Miller’s success most recently led her to become a faculty member of the MFA program at the Mississippi University for Women. She also is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and a John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss.
Meridian-native Jamell Richardson developed his musical style singing and playing gospel music since age 11. The guitar style he has today was influenced by blues great B.B. King, the soulful sounds of George Benson and the groundbreaking rock sounds of Jimi Hendrix.
In the past five years, Richardson toured as the lead guitarist for bluesman Mel Waiters, acted in the James Brown biography “Get On Up,” and released his first recording — the 2014 EP “Gulf Coast Blues Boy.” Additionally, Richardson has shared the stage with Al Green, Bobby Bland, Denise LaSalle and Bobby Womack, to name a few.
Rounding out the evening’s entertainment will be Ocean Springs’ own Blackwater Brass. The 10-piece band has gained a great local following for their funky and jazzy sounds. Their live shows have the lively kick of bands such as Galactic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Tickets are $20, reserved seating, and are available by calling 818-2878. Admission includes an after-party where guests can mingle with the night’s entertainment and enjoy food catered by Bayview Gourmet.
The Mary C. is located at 1600 Government St. in Ocean Springs.
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Thacker Mountain Radio
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs
7 p.m. Saturday
Tickets $20, reserved seating, and are available by calling 818-2878. Admission includes an after-party where guests can mingle with the night’s entertainment and enjoy food catered by Bayview Gourmet